Discuss: Voltaj’s Romanian “De la capat” lyrics are pure poetry

Despite some unfounded controversy about jury buying, Voltaj won Romania’s Selectia Nationala final in Craiova with 12 points from televoters and 12 points from the expert judges. The winning song “De la capat” is a warning to Romanian parents who leave their children at home to work abroad, effectively turning the little ones into orphans despite their best intentions. But what do the “De la capat” lyrics actually say?

Voltaj (singer Calin Goia, and band members Oliver Sterian, Valeriu Ionescu, Gabriel Constantin, and Adrian Cristescu) released the song in November 2014. Helped by the band’s huge popularity and by a stirring video, “De la capat” quickly became a radio hit. After Voltaj entered the song in Selectia Nationala 2015, it was only a matter of time until it won the ticket to Vienna. And, similar to the boy in the video, the guys will sail to the Austrian capital in May.

“De la capat” also has an official English version entitled “All Over Again”, but below you will find a rough transation of the Romanian lyrics.

De la capat lyrics – Voltaj (Romanian)

Cantec de-ar fi viata mea
Vesel, trist, tot l-as canta
Nu as rata nicio nota
Rau de-ar fi l-as inota
Pan’ la mare l-as urma
Nu m-as opri niciodata
Stii ca
Viata n-are buton de rewind sa
Poti sa intorci ce-ai pierdut
Nu poti nici sa o pui pe pauza
Cand nu stii ce-i de facut

Daca maine noaptea n-ar mai avea vreo stea
Daca intruna vantul spre mine ar sufla
Tu ai fi motivul, tu ai fi motivul sa pot
Sa pot s-o iau de la capat
Daca maine cerul ar fi prea plin de nori
Daca nicio raza nu m-ar atinge-n zori
Tu ai fi motivul, tu ai fi motivul sa pot
Sa pot s-o iau de la capat

Inima-i ca un cocor
Spre tari calde pleaca-n zbor
Atunci cand e-n suflet iarna
Poate nu le va gasi
Poate se va prabusi
Dar nu renunta vreodata
Sa stii
As zbura chiar si-o noapte-ntreaga
Spre zorii-n care ai fi tu
Ploile n-ar putea sa-nteleaga
De ce nu cad cand sunt tot ud

Daca maine noaptea n-ar mai avea vreo stea
Daca intruna vantul spre mine ar sufla
Tu ai fi motivul, tu ai fi motivul sa pot
Sa pot s-o iau de la capat
Daca maine cerul ar fi prea plin de nori
Daca nicio raza nu m-ar atinge-n zori
Tu ai fi motivul, tu ai fi motivul sa pot
Sa pot s-o iau de la capat

Sa pot s-o iau de la capat x 4

De la capat lyrics (English) — Voltaj

If my life were a song
Happy, sad, I would still sing it
I wouldn’t miss one note.
If it were a river, I would swim it
I would follow it to the sea
I wouldn’t ever stop
You know that
Life doesn’t have a rewind button,
To help you recover what you lost,
Nor can you pause it
When you don’t know what to do.

If the night tomorrow had no stars at all
If the wind were to blow my way
You would be the reason x 2
To help me take it from the start.
If the sky tomorrow were too cloudy
If no sunray were to touch me at dawn
You would be the reason x 2
To help me take it from the start.

The heart is like a crane
Flying off to warmer climes,
When the soul is full of winter.
Maybe it won’t find them
Maybe it will fall
But it will never give up
You know.
I would fly all night long
To the dawn if you were there
Rains wouldn’t understand
Why I don’t fall when I’m all drenched.

If the night tomorrow had no stars at all
If the wind were to blow my way
You would be the reason x 2
To help me take it from the start.
If the sky tomorrow were too cloudy
If no sunray were to touch me at dawn
You would be the reason x 2
To help me take it from the start.

To help me take it from the start x 4

 

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